Have you looked out your window recently and spotted deer making their way through your garden? It can be frustrating to spend so much time tending to a garden, only to turn around and have deer eat their way through it. But deer get hungry, especially once winter rolls around, and they will often turn to your garden for the food they need.
Fortunately, there are some ways you can protect your garden from deer without doing any harm to them. Take a look at some surefire methods below.
There are certain types of plants that deer enjoy eating over others, and one easy way to keep deer out of your garden is to steer clear of those types of plants. Deer like plants that are high in protein, so you should probably stay away from planting things like lettuce, beans, peas, pansies, and more. If you do plant them, try to plant them in areas that are close to your home so you can scare deer off if you see them eating those plants.
Plant things with strong smells that will confuse deer.
Deer rely heavily on their sense of smell in order to find the plants they want to eat. You can trick them and keep them away from the plants listed above by planting them near herbs with strong scents. Garlic, chives, lavender, and mint are a few good options. When these plants are in your garden, deer won’t be able to find the plants they want easily because their sense of smell will be overwhelmed.
Install motion-activated lighting near your garden.
Deer are very timid creatures. At the first sign of danger, they will usually bolt and run far away. If you find that deer are gathering around your garden at night, you should consider installing a motion-activated light that will turn on at the first sign of them. This light will typically be enough to scare the deer off.
Put up a fence around your garden.
This might seem very obvious, but in some cases, the only way to detract stubborn deer from gathering in your garden is to fence it off. You don’t have to put up a professional fence to do it, either. If cost is a concern, simply string fishing line around wooden posts to create a makeshift fence. It should keep deer at bay while your plants grow.
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